Michael Jacklin, Inner Space Outer Space: 27 November – 27 December 2014

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Inner Space Outer Space with new sculptures by Dutch artist Michael Jacklin (*1956), an alumnus of De Ateliers. The exhibition opens during the Amsterdam Art Weekend on Thursday November 27 and runs until December 27.

Michael Jacklin, known for his man-sized grid sculptures, made of iron, will exhibit a new series of open iron constructions based on events in outer space, in which transparent spheres and circles of thin staff iron are hanging in each other or stacked on each other. A subtle play of lines and intervals occurs when you move around them. Jacklin is one of the rare fundamental working sculptors of his generation. He focuses on the specific qualities of the material as well as on the sculptural principles such as mass, rhythm and gravity. Since 1984 he works exclusively with iron. His preference for this material derives from his fascination for iron constructions in architecture.

Jacklin exhibits at Slewe Gallery on a regular base since 1995. In 2010 Slewe published a catalog with an overview of his work and a text by Maarten Bertheux. In 2002 he had an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and in 2000 he had a show at the Kunstvereniging Diepenheim. His works have been collected by several public and private collections. He has also done several public commissions in Rotterdam and Amstelveen. Jacklin lives and works in Amsterdam.

During the Amsterdam Art Weekend there are extended opening hours on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 November from 12 am to 8 pm and Sunday 30 November from 12 am to 6 pm. For more information please contact the gallery.

Twenty Years Slewe: 18 October – 22 November 2014

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition celebrating 20 Years Slewe. It will be a group show specially focusing on editions or multiples, some brand new, other of an older date but rarely shown.

Participating artists are Adam Colton, Alan Charlton, Alan Johnston, Alice Schorbach, Dan Walsh, Domenico Bianchi, Guillaume Le Roy, Günter Tuzina, Ian Davenport, Jan Roeland, Jerry Zeniuk, Joris Geurts, Krijn de Koning, Marthe Wéry, Martin Gerwers, Martina Klein, Merina Beekman, Michael Jacklin, Paul Drissen, Robbert-Jan Gijzen, Roos Theuws, Steven Aalders. 

Dan Walsh, Works on Paper: 6 September – 11 October 2014

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the new exhibition by American artist Dan Walsh (*1960, USA). Walsh, known for his playful minimal abstract paintings, will focus this time on his drawings he recently made. The exhibition will open Saturday September 6 and will last until October 11, 2014.

Dan Walsh, born in 1960 in Philadelphia (US), is one of the most remarkable abstract artists in the United States today. He was one of the participating artistst at the Whitney Biennial in New York earlier this year. He makes minimal abstract paintings, which are playful in their use of process and historical rferences. In addition he makes drawings and books. This exhibition, especially focusing on his works on paper, will be his fifth solo exhibition at Slewe Gallery.

After his study at Hunter College he started showing his work at Paula Cooper Gallery in NY and several galleries in Europe. His prints and limited-edition books were subject of a solo show at the Cabinet des Estampes du Musée d’Art et d’histoire in Geneva (CH). Walsh’s work was also included in important group shows, such as the Ljubljiana Biennial, Slovena and the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2003. His works have been collected by several internationally important private and public art collections, such as the MoMA in New York, Saatchi in London, FNAC in Paris and AKZO Nobel Art Foundation in Amsterdam. In 2012 the Rode Island School of Design Museum presents a solo show of his paintings and in 2013 the Speerstra Foundation in Lausanne (CH), showed Table of Contents, a series of 11 paintings, especially made for thos occasion. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Steven Aalders, Acts & Places: 24 May – 28 June 2014

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Acts & Places by Dutch artist Steven Aalders. It opens Saturday May 24 and will be on view until June 28, 2014. Time and place is a returning theme in Aalders’ works. In his new series of paintings stillness and movement are visible compositional elements. The square is a central motif.

On view there will be two series of paintings. In one of the series, entitled Places, the image consists of an edged square. It is a static composition, in which either the central square or the edge is either colored or white. The image in the other series, entitled Acts, is divided in four squares and their edges. Here the composition is dynamic, in which the four colors are changing positions either as square or as edge in a rotating movement.

The six-colored spectrum, which Aalders has explored in depth in his former exhibition, one will find here back. It has been recollected in simplified and larger planes. There are also references to the seasons, the four elements and the times of the day. The titles of the paintings are quotations from the poem Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot’s epic 20th century meditation on time and being.

Alongside the exhibition there will be the launch of his new website www.stevenaalders.nl, designed by graphic designer Niels Schrader.

Aalders, known for his carefully hand painted geometric abstract oil paintings, evokes the history of modern abstraction, referring to the origins of Constructivism and Minimal Art. His work is an attempt to embody the essence, to create light and space through paint. Modernist serial principles such as repetition and sameness are both connected to older traditions in Western art and Eastern abstract art. The multi layered oil paintings demand a concentrated eye of the beholder.

Steven Aalders, born in 1959 in Middelbug (NL), lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied in London at Croydon College of Art and at Ateliers 63 in Haarlem (NL). In 2002 he had a solo exhibition, entitled Vertical Thoughts at the S.M.A.K. in Ghent in Belgium, and in 2010 his exhibition Cardinal Points opened at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, on which occasion a catalog was published with an overview of 15 years work, with texts by Benno Tempel, Rudi Fuchs, Thomas Lange and Steven Aalders himself. His work has been internationally collected by both private and public collections such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, AKZO Nobel Art Foundation, Caldic Collection and Museum Kurhaus Kleve (DE).

Roos Theuws: 19 April – 17 May 2014

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition with new works by Dutch artist Roos Theuws. The exhibition opens Saturday April 19 and will run until May 17.

Theuws, a.o. known for her video installations, in which light and sound are subject matter, will show two new video works and eight related photoworks as inkjet prints. 

One video installation, entitled Fences & Pools (2012), originated as a result of her residency in Utah in the United States some years ago. Inspired by the bare desert-like scenery she connected the old Apocalyps text from the Biblical Book of Revelations with a native American mythological text and descriptions by an American scientific explorer in the Mid-West from the nineteenth century.

The other video installation Kitab al Manazir (Book of Optics) (2013) shows the optical instruments, which are at display at the Museum Boerhaave in Leiden and the Arabic text of the medieval physician Ibn al Haytham. The text and instruments show an intriguing theory on the physical perception of light by human eyes and how we observe images.

Roos Theuws, born in 1957 in Valkenswaard (NL), works and lives in Amsterdam. Since 1984 she shows regularly her work internationally. They have been collected by several important private collections in the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States and public collections, such as Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and Huis Marseille Amsterdam.

For this occasion Ernst van Alphen, Professor Literature Studies at Leiden University, has written a text on Theuws’ work, entitled Slow Seeing. Grasping the Image and the Way We Process It. It will be published in a cahier and will be available during the exhibtition. For more information please contact the gallery. 

Joris Geurts, Colored Time: 8 March – 12 April 2014

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Colored Time by Joris Geurts. It opens March 8 and will run until April 12, 2014. The exhibition focuses on the series water-colors he made during his residence in Tuscany last year.

Joris Geurts is known for his lyric abstract paintings, drawings and prints. They are assiociatively built up, but transparantly layered and traceble. Graphis elements float on deep purple blues and yellow greens, giving associations with the kosmos or landscape. The new water-colors are made on long horizontal sheets of paper, on which a broad brushstroke is the main theme. The form and the colors seem to be inspired by the colors of the hilly Tuscan landscape at several times of the day.

Geurts was born in 1958 in Oss (NL). After his study at the AKI in Enschede, Geurts started his career at Art & Project Gallery in Amsterdam in the early eighties. Since 1995 he showed regularly at Slewe Gallery. In 2001 he had a show at Noordbrabants Museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch, on which occasion a catalog had been published Purple Blue and Lemon Yellow, giving an overview of his work, with texts by Bert Jansen and Henk van Woerden. In addition to his painting practice he also works as a composer of music. His works have been collected by several important public collections, such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede and the corporate art collections of the AKZO Nobel, ABN AMRO, KPN, Bouwfonds and AEGON.

During the exhibition a similar entitled CD Colored Time with new compositions by Joris Geurts will be released.

Broken Gods Broken Heroes: 25 January – 1 March 2014

Broken Gods Broken Heroes: Thomas Houseago, Jonathan Meese, Matthew Monahan
Curator: Pierre Audi

Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a special exhibition, entitled Broken Gods Broken Heroes, curated by Pierre Audi (*1957, Beirut), the artistic director of he Dutch National Opera. Audi, known for his both highly aesthetic and dramatic settings, has chosen works by three internationally known artists: Thomas Houseago (*1972, UK), Jonathan Meese (*1970, DE) and Matthew Monahan (*1972, USA). The exhibition opens Saturday January 25 and runs until March 1, 2014.

The title of the exhibition refers to Richard Wagner’s Ring, the legendary opera cycle, which Audi has directed many times with great success in Amsterdam since 1997 and which happens to be performed for the last time during this exhibition. Audi, who recently celebrated his 25th anniversary as artistic director of the Dutch National Opera, collaborated with many artists, among whom Jannis Kounellis, Karel Appel, Georg Baselitz and Anish Kapoor and lately with Jonathan Meese in Wolfgang Rihm’s Dionysos in 2011. Inspired by architecture and visual art in his profession, he is privately a collector of contemporary art too.

British sculptor Thomas Houseago creates monumental, often figurative sculptures that have a striking ability to simultaneous convey states of power and vulnerability. Using materials associated with classical and modernist sculpture (such as carved wood, clay, plaster and bronze), as well as less traditional materials (steel rods, concrete and hessian), he creates sculptures that emphatically reveal the process of making. Houseago had his education at the St. Martin’s School of Art in London and at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. He exhibits regularly worldwide at galleries like Hauser & Wirth, Gagosian and Xavier Hufkens. In Spring 2014 he will have an exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

The paintings, sculptures and performances by German artist Jonathan Meese are self-portrait statements for art for art sake. His proclamation of ‘Diktatur der Kunst’ is on the edge of reality and art, rational and irrational, live and death. In his colourful expressionist art works he refers to German mythical figures, art works and opera’s such as Wagner’s Parsifal. In 2016 Meese will direct a new production of Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival. After his education in Hamburg and his participation at the Berlin Biennial in 1997 he started to show internationally. In 2011 he had an exhibition at GEM in The Hague. He lives and works in Berlin, where also his main gallery Contemporary Fine Art is situated.

Matthew Monahan’s presents a futuristic archaeology in his work. Drawing from a wide range of influences, from Modernist art to ancient totems, Monahan’s ‘artefacts’ are both familiar and strange. Filtering historical mythologies through his own personal system of reference, altered further through the experience of making, Monahan’s work alludes to a contemporary spirituality, where beauty and brutality coalesce as virtual monuments. Monahan studied at Cooper Union School of Art in New York, and at the Rietveld Academy and De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Since his start he exhibits regularly at Fons Welters in Amsterdam and Anton Kern Gallery, New York. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

This will be the third exhibition in a row at Slewe Gallery composed by a guest curator. Earlier editions were by art historian Rudi Fuchs with Couplet 7 in 2011 (with Karel Appel, Domenico Bianchi and Georg Herold) and by Scottish artist Alan Johnston with Tactile Vision in 2009, focusing on Japanese contemporary art.